Breakfast in Bed: The Essentials

You’re the cream to my coffee
Eggs-actly what I need.
All it took was one look
And I was toast.

I’m such a cornball I know… BUT HAPPY VALENTINES DAY FRIENDS!! No matter if you are a big V-day enthusiast or not, everyone likes a little love on this day. Normally we like to stay in and have a dinner at home but this year we are going to grab a cozy corner spot at one of our favorite restaurants in Portland Tasty and Alder and then catch a movie. It definitely felt like valentines day over the weekend when we had a pancake feast in bed. Besides it being slightly precarious with the blueberry syrup and sheet situation it was seriously the best thing ever. I love getting up to make breakfast just to craw back in bed after with a cup of coffee – or prosecco if you’re feeling frisky. 

– One of the most crucial breakfast in bed essentials is a good/sturdy tray – Like this one from Pottery Barn!
– Also something important – THE BREAKFAST OF COURSE! You can keep it easy and simple with croissants or pastries that you pick up at your local bakery, or if you want to make it extra special French toast, waffles, or pancakes are always a good way to go. 
– If you’re drinking coffee, Chemex is awesome and you can keep it on your tray!
– For optimal breakfast in bed coziness, you need a snuggly duvet or blanket like these throws from West Elm. 
– The last essential will be a nap after all the breaky goodness. Makes sense since you’re already there anyways! 🙂

Keep scrolling to see the recipe for these healthier pancakes with blueberry grapefruit syrup!

“Lightened up” Pancakes with Blueberry Grapefruit Syrup 


 -2 cup quick cooking oats
 -3 scoops vanilla protein powder (Bob’s Redmill) 
 -2 eggs
 -2 bananas
 – 1/2 cup of milk (add more until it becomes a thick batter)
 -coconut oil for cooking

Blueberry syrup
– 1 cup blueberries
– 1 cup warm water
– 1 cup of sugar
– 1/2 of grapefruit, juice squeezed
 What to do

– To make the syrup: heat the blueberries, water, grapefruit juice and sugar over medium heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Let the syrup come to a gentle boil and cook until thickened about 10 minutes. Add another squeeze of grapefruit if you need to make the syrup a little more tart! 
 – For the pancakes, put the oats, protein powder, eggs, bananas, and milk in a blender and blend until a smooth batter forms. We like the batter pretty thick because as it cooks it evens out, but if you like it thinner just add a little more milk! 
 – Heat a tablespoon of coconut oil on a griddle or in a small frying pan over medium heat. Once hot, pour batter into the pan making either a small or medium sized pancake. If you have a griddle this would go a lot faster, but since we only have a small cast iron skillet we just make one at a time. 
 -Once both sides are golden brown, transfer to a plate and top with syrup and extra blueberries!


  1. February 14, 2018 / 7:17 pm

    Great post and love the pictures! Because my spouse is in a wheelchair, we tend to spend a lot of time lounging in bed but probably not enough curating a really lovely in bed experience (such as a lovely breakfast in bed). You have inspired me! Thank you!

    • Hillary Harper
      February 15, 2018 / 6:11 am

      I’m so happy I’ve inspired you! A breakfast in bed is always a fun treat and it doesn’t have to be a big to-do! Like I said, Pastries or even toast and jam is a great option – And way more fun to eat in bed of course 😉

  2. February 14, 2018 / 10:12 pm

    I LOVE mimosas, but for breakfast in bed, I prefer something sturdier than champagne flutes so I don’t tip over my bubbly. 🙂

    • Hillary Harper
      February 15, 2018 / 6:09 am

      Totally agree. Stemless is a great option, but we don’t have those. You can always put it in a coffee cup – no one will know 😉

  3. February 14, 2018 / 10:35 pm

    Love this post and that Blueberry Grapefruit Syrup sounds absolutely amazing!!

    • Hillary Harper
      February 15, 2018 / 6:13 am

      Thanks Erin! I didn’t mention this in the recipe because I thought the syrup was great as it was, BUT my fiancé put a splash or two of prosecco in the syrup as it was reducing and made it even better! I didn’t want to make the recipe more complicated, but if you’re poppin’ bottles anyways why not!

  4. February 15, 2018 / 1:58 am

    I have only had breakfast in bed when I’m traveling and there’s room service, but I totally want to do it at home too. Though if I only there was also a room service / delivery option,haha

    • Hillary Harper
      February 15, 2018 / 6:14 am

      There’s nothing better than waking up and calling room service! If only we could do that a few times a week we would be set lol

  5. Meg
    February 15, 2018 / 2:52 am

    I haven’t had breakfast in bed for ages, but this has got me thinking I gotta do it soon!

    • Hillary Harper
      February 15, 2018 / 6:15 am

      It’s definitely a great thing to do once in a while to treat yourself! 🙂

    • Hillary Harper
      February 15, 2018 / 6:15 am

      Thanks Marlynn!

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